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This Friday and Saturday we run and walk together virtually in honor of the teams that came before us, and who will come after us, for ourselves as we grieve a fall season that will not be, and, most importantly, for the kids in our community fighting for the specialized health care that they need to reach their potential and live a full life.


The Sunset cross country team has always been about more than just running, and yet, it is running, that has united us. These past months, though we could not be together as a team, it has often been running that has offered us small joys and a respite from the sadness and isolation that comes with this global pandemic. So, though we are not together in body this fall, and our season will not be what we imagined, we remain united, and we will honor this unity and our ability to run by holding our 7th annual Miles that Matter Relay and Fundraiser for Shriners Hospital for Children. 100% of funds raised will go to SHC this year.


Donate.

We have some awesome teams forming, and they are eager to add more names to their rosters. Alumni, parents, neighbors, friends and family close by, out of state, and across the world, join us. Find yourself a team at www.instagram.com/apollosxc. Find out more, join a team, donate at https://sites.google.com/view/virtualmtm-2020/home and here https://www.sunsettrack.com/miles-that-matter.


Team members past, present and future, here are a few friendly challenges for you this week:

  1. Invite an extended family member (aunt, uncle, cousin, grandma, etc.) to be a part of your team. Then invite another.

  2. Be on the team with the most out of state and international participants. Anyone could log a mile on behalf of your team, anywhere. 3 am isn't 3 am in other time zones. ;)

  3. Be on the team that runs the most miles. 

  4. Invite some professional runners to be a part of your team. Instagram messaging is not creepy if you are respectful and care about running and Shriners.

  5. Invite a teacher or other school staff member to be on your team. We miss you.

  6. Current team, send personal invitations to alumni. Reach out.

  7. Alumni dm the team on @sunsetdistance or @apollosxc and join a team. Connect.

  8. Share the event on social media, make it personal. Why do you care about this?

  9. Get your team hyped about raising money.

  10. Spend some time simply being thankful that you have a body that can run or walk. Do this every day.

Lots of love,

Coach Rozendaal

Late yesterday afternoon, the Beaverton School District announced plans to start the school year with a delayed start (September 14) and two full months of "Comprehensive Distance Learning". Already in writing, BSD has a page of FAQs where the following is written:

How will high school sports work?
If we’re operating in Comprehensive Distance Learning, organized sports won’t occur. When we move to a Hybrid Model, sports may resume with social distancing measures.

So that does it. Cross country will not be a fall sport. The district has not made a formal announcement yet but I am not convinced that one will follow.


On the plus side, yesterday's announcement from Governor Brown and PPS announcing similar plans have changed things for the state. Last night, shortly after 10:00 pm, I received an email from OSAA staff. They are now looking at ways to adjust the Oregon schedule to look more like something from a neighboring state* and make an announcement on August 5.


Of course, none of this means a thing if the spread of the virus isn't brought under control by mid-November.


WEAR. A. MASK.


I will continue to use this platform to post and share information as it comes available.


Best regards,

Coach Neeway


*California, Nevada, and Washington all have proactive plans to shift seasons around to accommodate all sports. Here are links for the curious:

WIAA Modified 2020-21 Calendar

California Modified Calendar

Nevada Adjustments to Sports Seasons

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